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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 19 January 2007

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Friday 19 January 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Friday 19 January 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Friday 19 January of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Friday 19 January of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Friday 19 January see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of those who began saving with the Savings Gateway Scheme completed the scheme and were given the bonus in each year since its launch.
(117248)
2
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what agreement was reached between his Department and Halifax Bank of Scotland when setting up the Savings Gateway Scheme on the distribution to users of the Scheme of mass mailed offers of credit.
(117249)
3
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason the size of the bonus paid into accounts through the Savings Gateway Scheme varies according to area.
(117250)
4
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions have taken place between his Department and Halifax Bank of Scotland on the type of account that money is transferred to on completion of the Savings Gateway Scheme.
(117251)
5
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is HM Revenue and Customs' policy to apply (a) extended verification and (b) other supplementary VAT procedures in respect of (i) certain industrial sectors, (ii) selected companies and (iii) more generally.
(117323)
6
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was paid to KPMG (a) for work as internal auditors of the Office of Government Commerce and (b) for the full review of the Efficiency Programme.
(116696)
7
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he expects to publish the review of the Efficiency Programme.
(116697)
8
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employment agencies were employed by his Department and each of the boards and agencies reporting to his Department in each of the last five years; and how much was spent on agency services in each of those years.
(116698)
9
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Government jobs (a) have been and (b) are planned to be re-located away from London and the South East to other parts of the country by the time the Lyons review process is completed.
(116871)
10
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Government jobs (a) have been re-located under the Lyons review and (b) he expects to be re-located by the end of the review process to (i) Liverpool and (ii) Wirral.
(116872)
11
N
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of the additional funds going directly to schools announced in the Pre-budget Report 2006 will be classified as (a) current expenditure and (b) capital expenditure.
(117013)
12
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the (a) net and (b) gross contributions which each member state of the EU will make to the EU during the next budget cycle (i) in total and (ii) per head of population.
(117244)
13
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 15th January 2007 (113799), Official Report, column 838-9W, on the Office for National Statistics, what the status is of each of the Freedom of Information applications made to the Office for National Statistics in 2006.
(110532)
14
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the annual cost to the voluntary sector of irrecoverable VAT; and if he will make a statement.
(110504)
15
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the value of Gift Aid to the voluntary sector in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(110506)
16
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will reply to the letter of 27th November 2006 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Stephen Hawthorn, to which a holding acknowledgement was sent on 30th November 2006 by HM Revenue and Customs.
(117328)
17
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Paymaster General will reply to the letter of 29th November 2006 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms Debbie Levy.
(117330)
18
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in (a) the UK, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency were diagnosed with breast cancer in each of the last five years.
(117495)
19
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the percentage survival rate was for people diagnosed with (a) lung, (b) breast, (c) prostate, (d) skin, (e) testicular, (f) cervical and (g) bowel cancer in each English region in each year since 1997.
(117496)
20
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department is required to make up from its near-cash allocation in 2006-07 its overspend of near-cash in 2005-06.
(117240)
21
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 15th January 2007, Official Report, column 841W, on departmental overspend, what measures he (a) had in place in 2005-06 and (b) has in place in 2006-07 to prevent Departments overspending their near-cash resource budgets.
(117265)
22
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 15th January 2007, Official Report, column 841W, on departmental overspend, what the Department of Health's near-cash resource spending limit was in 2005-06; and what his latest estimate is of the Department of Health's near-cash resource spending in 2005-06.
(117266)
23
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 15th January 2007, Official Report, column 841W, on Departmental overspend, whether he authorised the Department of Health to switch funds from non-cash to near-cash in 2005-06.
(117402)
24
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when Aardvark Traffic Management Services of Worksop will obtain VAT registration following their November 2006 application.
(116877)
25
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the target turnaround time is for new VAT registrations.
(116878)
26
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, where his Department publishes information about Government auctions which it (a) arranges and (b) to which it contributes in (i) Blackpool, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) the North West; and when the next such auction will take place in each area.
(117428)
27
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(110477)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
28
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what steps have been taken to reduce the number of websites hosted by (a) Government departments, (b) executive agencies and (c) non departmental bodies; and what plans there are for further reductions and consolidation of such websites.
(117480)
29
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which Government websites (a) have been and (b) are planned to be closed under the Transformational Government strategy; which are expected to remain open for the foreseeable future; and if she will make a statement.
(110483)
30
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, where her Department publishes information about Government auctions which it arranges or to which it contributes in (a) Blackpool, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West; and when the next such auction will take place in each area.
(117435)
31
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much her Department paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(110485)
32
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much was spent on information technology by those parts of the public sector represented on the Chief Information Officer Council as referred to on page 23 of the Chief Information Officer's Transformational Government Annual Report 2006 in each financial year since 1997-98, broken down by agency and department.
(116913)
Questions to the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners
33
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, how much the Commissioners paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(117483)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
34
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the Planning Inspectorate will provide a substantive reply to the letter from Reigate and Banstead Borough Council of 13th November 2006, reference PLE01/351 (07707).
(117258)
35
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to ensure the maximum recovery and recycling of grey water in (a) the development of new sustainable communities and (b) regeneration of existing communities.
(117481)
36
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many councils in England operate the (a) leader and cabinet, (b) mayor and cabinet, (c) mayor and manager and (d) streamlined committee systems of decision-making; and if she will make a statement.
(117245)
37
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of local authorities in England elect councillors (a) by thirds and (b) all-out.
(117246)
38
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of local authorities electing councillors by thirds have expressed a wish to move to all-out elections.
(117247)
39
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will ask local authorities to take steps to identify child protection cases since 1981 to which they have been party where requests for medical records were made by any party to the case to Dr David Southall and to report to her any such cases.
(117230)
40
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she will reply to the letter of 23rd October 2006 from the hon. Member for Kettering on planning guidance for affordable and starter homes.
(117006)
41
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much housing revenue account subsidy was paid to Chorley Borough Council in each year since 1995-96.
(110545)
42
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the level was of central Government grant to local government for social services in Chorley's local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(110546)
43
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities have engaged in sewer-baiting to curtail the rat population.
(117452)
44
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in what circumstances the Audit Commission requests the bank details of spouses and partners of local authority employees; what the purpose is of requesting such information; what use will be made of the information; and under what legislation such requests are made.
(116865)
45
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions she has had with colleagues in other Departments on how awareness of holocaust issues can promote community cohesion.
(117281)
46
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, where her Department publishes information about Government auctions which it arranges or to which it contributes in (a) Blackpool, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West; and when the next such auction will take place in each area.
(117436)
47
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many official journeys she has made by train since taking up her position.
(110493)
48
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(110484)
49
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will estimate the administration costs of collecting council tax in 2006.
(110464)
50
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the effect of the Brent Teaching Primary Care Trust service reductions on the financial position of the London Borough of Brent; and if she will make a statement.
(117231)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
51
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what average time was taken to obtain a court date from the time of application for an adoption placement order in (a) London and (b) other parts of England in the latest period for which figures are available.
(117002)
52
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what input from outside her Department is being sought to ensure the factual accuracy of the Review of Electoral Systems; and which (a) organisations and (b) individuals (i) have been and (ii) will be approached to assist in this process.
(110515)
53
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, whether Ministers and civil servants in her Department have held meetings with the Islamic Shariah Council; and if she will make a statement.
(116973)
54
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what advice her Department has given to post offices on employment of local and national election candidates working in its establishments and their contact with postal ballots.
(117458)
55
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the total cost was of the recent staff conferences held by her Department.
(117456)
56
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what the cost has been of the Libra IT project.
(117457)
57
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, where her Department publishes information about Government auctions which it arranges or to which it contributes in (a) Blackpool, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West; and when the next such auction will take place in each area.
(117431)
58
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how much her Department paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(110486)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
59
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether TV Licensing has (a) identified and (b) applied more resources to the (i) areas and (ii) households that most consistently evade the television licensing authorities.
(117284)
60
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the Government provides TV Licensing with data to aid in the detection and prosecution of licence evaders.
(117285)
61
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether she has received the recommendations from English Heritage on the spot-listing of West Jesmond School, Newcastle; and if she will take an urgent decision on the matter.
(116685)
62
Mr Jim Devine (Livingston):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many pensioners in Livingston constituency have received a free television licence in the last 12 months.
(117502)
63
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will discuss with the BBC free television licences for citizens aged over 70.
(117396)
64
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, where her Department publishes information about Government auctions which it arranges or to which it contributes in (a) Blackpool, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West; and when the next such auction will take place in each area.
(117432)
65
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much money was paid by her Department to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(117499)
66
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the percentage of homes in Morecambe and Lunesdale which have digital television.
(110468)
67
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate she has made of the cost of the administration of (a) issuing and (b) collecting payment for television licences in the last 12 months.
(117491)
68
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was allocated to Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency by the Heritage Lottery Fund in each of the last five years.
(117492)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
69
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, at what time and on what day in July 2003 (a) Dr David Kelly and (b) Richard Hatfield (i) arrived at and (ii) left the safe-house in Hockley provided by his Department.
(117018)
70
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the availability of helicopters for immediate deployment.
(117267)
71
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions (a) he, (b) other departmental Ministers and (c) officials have had with the Legal Services Commission on delayed applications for compensation from retired members of the armed forces who took part in British nuclear weapons tests between 1952 and 1967; how many British nuclear test veterans have received compensation arising from exposure to radiation in such tests; and if he will make a statement.
(117274)
72
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many servicemen who returned from (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan after active duty injured in each year since 2003 are now registered blind or partially sighted.
(117292)
73
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many individuals in Band (a) A, (b) B, (c) C and (d) D were assessed as eligible for compensation under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme in its first year of operation.
(117293)
74
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) regular servicemen and (b) reserve servicemen have been assessed on return from theatre in Iraq and Afghanistan as having psychiatric problems.
(117294)
75
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many servicemen were assessed (a) in theatre and (b) on return from service in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan as having traumatic brain injury in each year since 2003.
(117295)
76
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what psychological decompression arrangements are in place for reserve servicemen returning from duty in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq.
(117296)
77
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) servicemen and (b) reserve servicemen returned from (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan after active duty with (A) a mental health problem and (B) post-traumatic stress disorder in each year since 2003.
(117297)
78
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) servicemen and (b) reserve servicemen returned injured during active duty in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan and were registered disabled in each year since 2003.
(117298)
79
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many troops were engaged in (a) European Security and Defence Policy and (b) NATO missions in each year between 2003 and 2006; and how many are expected to be so engaged in 2007.
(117241)
80
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was to the UK of (a) EU military operations and (b) NATO military operations in each year between 2003 and 2006.
(117242)
81
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of staff in the Ministry of Defence work on EU defence co-operation.
(117243)
82
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where his Department publishes information about Government auctions which it arranges or to which it contributes in (a) Blackpool, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West; and when the next such auction will take place in each area.
(117430)
83
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many mine-protected armoured vehicles are on order for the Army; and how many are available for deployment.
(117238)
84
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(110476)
85
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria the Atlas Consortium is expected to meet in order to be awarded Increments (a) 2b, (b) 2c and (c) 3 of the Defence Information Infrastructure contract.
(116466)
86
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many desktop computers have been installed under Increment 1 of the Defence Information Infrastructure contract; and if he will make a statement.
(116467)
87
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria the Atlas Consortium were required to meet during Increment 1 of the Defence Information Infrastructre contract in order to be automatically awarded the Increment 2a contract; and whether his Department was satisfied that those criteria were met.
(116468)
88
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many desktop computers should have been rolled out to date according to the roll-out timetale for Increment 1 of the Defence Information Infrastructure contract.
(116469)
89
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18 year olds have served in Iraq, broken down by gender.
(117280)
90
N
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much Defence Estates allocated for improvements to service families' accommodation at Blandford Camp in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006; and how much has been allocated for 2007.
(117001)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
91
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, where his Department publishes information about Government auctions which it arranges or to which it contributes in (a) Blackpool, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West; and when the next such auction will take place in each area.
(117424)
92
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many official journeys he has made by train since May 2005.
(110494)
93
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much his Department paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff since it was established; and if he will make a statement.
(110475)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
94
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the average waiting time for a pupil between being referred to, and seen by, an educational psychologist was in the last period for which figures are available.
(117256)
95
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the Government's policy is on the maximum acceptable waiting time for pupils between being referred to, and seen by, an educational psychologist.
(117257)
96
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance he has issued relating to local authority support for young carers which requires input from children's services and from adult social services.
(117003)
97
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what representations he has received on the content of local authorities' Children and Young People's Plans in respect of young carers; and if he will make a statement.
(117004)
98
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, at what age children are expected to understand the basic tenets of religion.
(110521)
99
N
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether any exemptions or exceptions to teachers' pay and conditions as set out in the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions document apply in non-maintained special schools.
(116949)
100
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of 15 year olds attending (a) independent schools and (b) maintained schools achieved five or more GCSEs at A* to C including (a) English and mathematics, (b) English, mathematics and science and (c) English, mathematics and science and a modern foreign language in each year since 1997.
(110497)
101
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of 15 year olds took both history and geography at GCSE in schools in the independent sector in each year since 1996.
(110498)
102
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the GCSE and equivalent results were for (a) pupils attending maintained schools and (b) pupils attending all schools at the end of Key Stage 4 in 2005-06 in each (i) local authority and (ii) Government Office region.
(117403)
103
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of 15 year olds (a) took and (b) achieved A*-C in at least one course within the entitlement area as defined by section 85A of the Education Act 2002 of (i) arts, (ii) design and technology, (iii) humanities and (iv) modern foreign languages in each year since 1997.
(117405)
104
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether schools are required to abide by the non-statutory guidelines for modern foreign languages at Key Stage 4.
(117406)
105
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the mandatory elements are of the National Curriculum in relation to the provision of modern foreign languages at Key Stage 4.
(117407)
106
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much his Department spent on (a) conducting and (b) commissioning educational research in 2005-06.
(117408)
107
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what response he has made to the PriceWaterhouseCoopers report `DFES Children's Services, The Childcare Market' commissioned by his Department.
(116970)
108
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children's centres in England are managed by (a) public sector organisations, (b) voluntary sector providers, (c) independent providers and (d) other providers.
(116971)
109
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which organisations are responsible for maintaining each children's centre in England.
(116972)
110
N
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much the Learning and Skills Agency spent on programme expenditure in Ashford local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(117011)
111
N
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much central Government allocated for education in Ashford local authority areas in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(117012)
112
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was allocated by central Government for education in Gravesham's local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(117317)
113
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much the Learning and Skills Agency spent on programme expenditure in Gravesham's local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(117319)
114
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teachers took early retirement in (a) Chorley, (b) Lancashire and (c) England in each year since 1997, broken down by type of institution.
(110541)
115
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many unauthorised absences were recorded at (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each local education authority in each year from 1997 to 2006.
(110542)
116
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many teaching assistants there were in schools in each local authority in Lancashire in each year from 1997 to 2006.
(110543)
117
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much central Government allocated for education in Chorley's local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(110544)
118
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of pupils in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency achieved more than five A-C grades at GCSE in each year since 1997.
(117417)
119
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of pupils in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) the Tees Valley and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency achieved more than five GCSE passes in each year since 1997.
(117418)
120
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, where his Department publishes information about Government auctions which it arranges or to which it contributes in (a) Blackpool, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West; and when the next such auction will take place in each area.
(117419)
121
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students within the constituency of Romford left further education having completed A-levels or equivalent qualifications to enter full-time employment in 2005-06.
(117459)
122
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students in the London Borough of Havering left further education to attend higher education at a university based in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, (c) Northern Ireland, (d) England and (e) elsewhere in the EU in 2005-06.
(117460)
123
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students within Romford constituency left secondary education having finished their GCSE qualifications and (a) entered full-time employment and (b) continued study at a further education establishment in 2005-06.
(117461)
124
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students within Romford constituency left key stage four with five or more A*-C GCSE or equivalent qualifications in 2005-06.
(117462)
125
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been made available from his Department to (a) (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools and (b) sixth forms and colleges within Romford constituency in 2006-07; and what central Government guidelines govern the distribution of these funds.
(117463)
126
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of (a) primary and (b) secondary school students in England are being educated outside the state education system.
(117464)
127
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people obtained a post-graduate certificate of education in 2006; and how many went into teaching within state education.
(117465)
128
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was paid in the education maintenance allowance scheme in each year since the programme's inception.
(117466)
129
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many people (a) applied for and (b) received an education maintenance allowance in 2006.
(117467)
130
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to ensure that the schools which did not meet the Government's GCSE targets in 2006 do so in future years.
(117468)
131
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps his Department (a) is taking and (b) plans to take to improve the literacy of primary school students.
(117469)
132
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures his Department is taking to reduce the number of teachers choosing to take early retirement.
(117470)
133
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps have been taken to improve music programmes within secondary schools in 2006-07; and what funding has been allocated to that purpose for (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.
(117471)
134
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps his Department plans to take to tackle truancy in the next 12 months.
(117472)
135
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many female pupils gained A level passes at A to C level in (a) mathematics, (b) chemistry, (c) physics and (d) biology in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and what percentage of the total number of pupils gaining passes at that level in each year each figure represents.
(117237)
136
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much his Department paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(110473)
137
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children with special educational needs were statemented in Morecambe and Lunesdale in each of the last three years.
(117509)
138
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many instances were reported of teachers in England being (a) verbally and (b) physically abused by (i) pupils and (ii) parents in each of the last 10 years.
(116961)
139
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many cases of trespassing were reported by schools in (a) England and (b) each local education authority in the last five years for which figures are available; how many resulted in schools calling the police; and how many involved (i) verbal and (ii) physical abuse of (A) teachers and (B) pupils.
(116998)
140
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the state of the buildings at (a) John Kelly Boys Technology College and (b) John Kelly Girls Technology College; and if he will make a statement.
(117233)
141
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools have (a) expressed an interest in, (b) made an application for and (c) been granted trust status.
(116787)
142
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which organisations have (a) expressed an interest in becoming, (b) made an application to become and (c) been approved as trustees of a trust school.
(116788)
143
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many schools have (a) expressed an interest in, (b) made an application for and (c) been granted foundation status in each year since 1997.
(116861)
144
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many foundation schools were in operation in each year since 1997.
(116862)
145
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many foundation schools had a trust or foundation attached in each year since 1997.
(116863)
146
N
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 15th January 2007, Official Report, column 801W, on foundation degrees, whether he met (a) the Higher Education Funding Council for England, (b) the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education, (c) Universities UK, (d) the Russell Group of universities, (e) the 1994 Group of universities, (f) the Campaign for Modern Universities, (g) the Association of Colleges and (h) the 157 Group of college principals to discuss Clause 19 of the Further Education and Training Bill prior to the publication of the Bill.
(117005)
147
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of (a) pupils, (b) girls and (c) boys attending schools deemed (i) inadequate, (ii) satisfactory, (iii) good and (iv) outstanding achieved five (A) A*-C grades and (B) A* or A grades in each year since 1997.
(117282)
148
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) pupils, (b) girls and (c) boys attended schools deemed (i) inadequate, (ii) satisfactory, (iii) good and (iv) outstanding in each year since 1997.
(117283)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
149
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to curtail commercial whaling.
(110462)
150
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received on EU voluntary partnerships on the timber trade; and if he will make a statement.
(116934)
151
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many employment agencies were employed by the Rural Payments Agency in each of the last five years; and what expenditure was incurred on agency services in each year.
(117235)
152
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the areas of unproductive agricultural land which may be suitable for growing crops to make biofuels; and what financial support or subsidies are available to land owners interested in growing feedstock for biofuels.
(117275)
153
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has (a) conducted and (b) commissioned research on the comparative contribution to the release of greenhouse gas emissions of conventionally grown food crops and organically grown foodstuffs.
(117279)
154
N
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much English Nature spent on programme expenditure in Ashford local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(117008)
155
N
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the Environment Agency spent on programme expenditure in Ashford local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(117010)
156
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much English Nature spent on programme expenditure in Gravesham's local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(117304)
157
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the Environment Agency spent on programme expenditure in Gravesham local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(117305)
158
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department spent on (a) all environmental campaigns, (b) the Tomorrow's Climate Today's Challenge (TCTC) campaign and (c) the Tomorrow's England initiative funded by the TCTC budget, in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(110463)
159
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the annual (a) resource costs, (b) capital expenditure costs and (c) staffing costs were of each environment campaign promoted by the Government at today's prices in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(117329)
160
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the Environment Agency spent on programme expenditure in Chorley's local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(110547)
161
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the trend in the rat population in England.
(117442)
162
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the merits of compelling water companies to introduce sewer-baiting to reduce the rat population.
(117443)
163
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures he is taking to address the rat population.
(117451)
164
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, where his Department publishes information about Government auctions which it arranges or to which it contributes in (a) Blackpool, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West; and when the next such auction will take place in each area.
(117420)
165
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of the UK's output of greenhouse gases is accounted for by farm animals.
(110495)
166
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(110474)
167
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which websites are being closed by his Department as a result of the recent departmental review as referred to by the Chief Information Officer's Transformational Government Annual Report 2006; how much use was made by visitors of each website being closed; and how much was spent on maintaining each in the last two years.
(116916)
168
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding he allocated to the Marine Fisheries Agency for (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(110505)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
169
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps she is taking to curtail commercial whaling.
(110461)
170
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will list the meetings attended by the Prime Minister's Special Envoy to Kazakhstan during his visit to the country in September 2003; what subject matter was discussed at each meeting; and which individuals were in attendance at each.
(117014)
171
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will list the occasions on which the Prime Minister's Special Envoy to Kazakhstan has visited the country since September 2003; and what meetings he took part in on each occasion.
(117015)
172
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to her Written Answer of 15th January 2007, Official Report, column 788W, on the EU Constitution, what terms of reference have been given to Mr Kim Darroch and Ms Nicola Brewer in their role of liaising with the German EU Presidency in preparation for the political declaration and other possible ways to take the constitutional process forward.
(116868)
173
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK Government is taking to prevent the persecution of Mandaeans in Iraq.
(116864)
174
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports she has received of the (a) number and (b) value of arms sales by China to African countries in the last 12 months.
(117479)
175
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, where her Department publishes information about Government auctions which it arranges or to which it contributes in (a) Blackpool, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West; and when the next such auction will take place in each area.
(117433)
176
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the extent to which the transitional government enjoys popular support in Somalia; and if she will make a statement.
(117447)
177
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the extent to which the Islamic Courts Union (ICU) enjoys popular support in Somalia; and whether she classifies the ICU as a terrorist organisation.
(117448)
178
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what her policy is on the independence of Somaliland from the rest of Somalia.
(117449)
179
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much her Department paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(110487)
180
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will take steps to ensure that the Minister dealing with immigration matters in her Department is an hon. Member of this House.
(117318)
181
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent on information technology by Government Communications Headquarters in each financial year since 1997-98.
(116914)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
182
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much money from the fund for community hospitals announced by her Department in 2005 has been allocated so far, broken down by constituencies.
(117268)
183
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in which constituencies the 50 new community hospitals provided by her Department in 2005 have been (a) built and (b) sited.
(117269)
184
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of the 50 new community hospitals to be provided by her Department in 2005 have been built.
(117270)
185
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many bids from primary care trusts to the fund for community hospitals announced by her Department in 2005 have been received, broken down by constituency.
(117271)
186
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will order an inquiry into the process and outcomes for former residents of the closure of the Mount Care Home, Morpeth.
(117338)
187
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many former residents of the Mount Care Home, Morpeth have died since moving from the home under its closure process in the last (a) three, (b) six and (c) 12 months; and if she will make a statement.
(117339)
188
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many teenage abortions were recorded in the latest 12 month period for which figures are available; and what the figures were in each of the five preceding years.
(117277)
189
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department has commissioned into the effect of butane in aerosols on health.
(117007)
190
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations she has received about the provision of services at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup; and if she will make a statement.
(117289)
191
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations she has received on (a) the financial situation and (b) implications for services at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich; and if she will make a statement.
(117290)
192
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment she has made of the financial situation and the consequences for services at Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup; and if she will make a statement.
(117291)
193
N
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was allocated by central government to local government for social services in Ashford local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(117009)
194
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria her Department used to set the rate of interest charged to trusts on money used to fund deficits; and if she will make a statement.
(116882)
195
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what rate of interest is to be used by NHS Bank in charging interest on money used by trusts to fund deficits; and if she will make a statement.
(116883)
196
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the NHS Bank is planned to be operational and charging interest on money lent to trusts to fund deficits; and if she will make a statement.
(116884)
197
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting list time for (a) patients of Chorley hospital and (b) cancer patients of Chorley hospital were in each year since 1997; and which (i) hospitals, (ii) care trusts and (iii) foundation trusts in Lancashire are in budget deficit.
(110549)
198
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps manufacturers of biosimilar medicines are required to put in place under pharmacovigilance protocols at the time of submitting the product for marketing authorisation by the Medicine and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority.
(110548)
199
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department takes to ensure that pharmacovigilance requirements are met for biosimilar medicines that have been granted marketing authorisation by the Medicine and Health Regulatory Authority.
(110555)
200
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the Medicines and Regulatory Agency distinguishes between generic and biosimilar medicines in its assessment procedures.
(110556)
201
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she has taken to ensure that all biosimilar medicines that have been granted a marketing authorisation by the Medicine and Health Regulatory Authority have a sufficiently robust pharmacovigilance mechanism that all instances of adverse drug reaction are reported under the yellow card scheme.
(110557)
202
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on health of the use of biosimilar medicines.
(117321)
203
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of how many injuries and illnesses were caused by rats in each of the last five years.
(117453)
204
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research the Department has commissioned into the potential health hazards caused by rats.
(117454)
205
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of people classified as (a) overweight, (b) obese and (c) underweight in each English region in each of the last five years.
(117494)
206
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of people who (a) regularly received NHS dental treatment, (b) regularly received private dental treatment and (c) were not receiving any regular dental treatment in each of the last five years.
(110516)
207
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance her Department has issued to hospitals on dealing with clostridium difficile; and if she will make a statement.
(110517)
208
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of clostridium difficile were recorded in each primary care trust (PCT) area in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006; and how many people died in circumstances in which clostridium difficile was a significant cause of death in each PCT in each year.
(110518)
209
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many free prescriptions have been issued to individuals in Derby city since 2005.
(117507)
210
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many varicose vein operations were performed by the NHS in each of the last five years.
(117482)
211
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received from Ministers in other Government Departments on the provision of health services in Hertfordshire since 1st December 2006.
(117414)
212
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Minister of State for Delivery and Reform used a Ministerial car at any point of his journey to St. Albans in December 2006; whether he was accompanied by civil servants; and if she will make a statement.
(117415)
213
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Minister of State for Delivery and Reform next plans to visit St. Albans in an official capacity.
(117416)
214
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, where her Department publishes information about Government auctions which it arranges or to which it contributes in (a) Blackpool, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West; and when the next such auction will take place in each area.
(117434)
215
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of (a) publishing and (b) disseminating the publication Choosing your hospital: National menu - your choice of hospitals across England; and if she will make a statement.
(117272)
216
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many copies of the publication Choosing your hospital: National menu - your choice of hospitals across England were ordered by her Department; by what criteria hospitals were included or excluded from the publication; and whether her Department plans to revise the publication to include all NHS hospitals.
(117273)
217
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12th December 2006, Official Report, column 1025W, on Choosing Health, whether any health champions will be recruited; what partners in establishing networks of champions have been approached; when the first annual awards for champions will be made; and in what form.
(110529)
218
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether hospitals must have (a) major operating theatres, (b) accident and emergency facilities, (c) intensive care units, (d) high dependency units, (e) a status of district or regional importance, (f) a minimum size of 35,000 square metres and (g) substantial general wards in order to be defined as an acute hospital by her Department.
(110489)
219
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether her Department has made a recent assessment of the minimum level of services which must be provided by a hospital in order for it to be defined as an acute hospital.
(110490)
220
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the definition of acute hospitals used by her Department is the same as that used by the Valuation Office Agency.
(110501)
221
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which body is responsible for determining the definition of an (a) acute hospital and (b) the list of those hospitals so designated.
(117489)
222
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many non-British patients were treated in London hospitals for tuberculosis in the last three years for which figures are available.
(117236)
223
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much her Department paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(110488)
224
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what improvements have been made in providing NHS dentists in Morecambe and Lunesdale in the last 12 months.
(110469)
225
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what decisions were made on the future of mental health services in the Lancaster and Morecambe area in the last 12 months.
(117511)
226
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects a new chief executive of Morecambe Bay Hospital Trust to be appointed.
(117513)
227
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times she has visited health services in the East Riding of Yorkshire since taking up her post; and if she will make a statement.
(117302)
228
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times Ministers from her Department visited health services in the East Riding of Yorkshire in each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.
(117333)
229
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the financial position of the Brent Teaching Primary Care Trust.
(117232)
230
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the long-term impact of changes in Brent Teaching Primary Care Trust service provision on health and social care services in Brent; and if she will make a statement.
(117234)
231
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the Healthcare Commission's proposal to increase the annual and registration fees for hospices; and if she will make a statement.
(117410)
232
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make representations to the Healthcare Commission on its proposal to increase the annual and registration fees for hospices.
(117411)
233
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of an increase in the annual and registration fees for hospices on the provision of patient services.
(117412)
234
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if her Department will increase its funding for hospices; and if she will make a statement.
(117413)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
235
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions were dropped in (a) Essex police force area, (b) Southend police area and (c) England and Wales as a result of the alleged offender not being cautioned by the arresting officer before being (i) questioned and (ii) a written statement being taken in each of the last five years for which information is available; what steps he (A) has taken and (B) plans to take to remind police officers of the requirement to caution an alleged offender before questioning or taking a written statement; and if he will make a statement.
(117239)
236
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what legislation an offender is required to be cautioned by the arresting officer before (a) being questioned about an alleged offence and (b) required to make a written statement; and if he will make a statement.
(117300)
237
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the average earnings of workers in the UK from the 2004 EU accession states.
(117264)
238
Mr Jim Devine (Livingston):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in Livingston constituency received free passports (a) in the last 12 months and (b) in the first year free passports were introduced.
(117505)
239
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans there are to introduce the non-emergency police number 101 in the Dorset area.
(117320)
240
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the backlog was of service complaints against the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(117497)
241
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to improve the red rating given by the independent Immigration and Nationality Directorate (IND) Complaints Audit Committee to IND complaints handling performance.
(117498)
242
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, where his Department publishes information about Government auctions which it arranges or to which it contributes in (a) Blackpool, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West; and when the next such auction will take place in each area.
(117421)
243
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what reasonable period has been fixed by law for execution of a removal order on failed asylum seekers; and how long this period was for the Bokhari family of Grimsby detained at Yarl's Wood Detention Centre.
(110496)
244
Mr George Mudie (Leeds East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he will answer Question 108566, on discretionary leave to remain, tabled by the hon. Member for Leeds East on 7th December 2006.
(110502)
245
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what projections he has made of the number of staff to be employed at the Immigration and Nationality Directorate in Croydon in each year to 2010.
(117315)
246
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much his Department paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(110472)
247
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offenders reoffended whilst wearing electronic tags in each year since their introduction; and if he will make a statement.
(110531)
248
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Minister for Immigration will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood of 2nd November 2006 on behalf of Maguy Kalanga (Home Office reference number K1105786, acknowledgement number B27287/6).
(117307)
249
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what system his Department maintains to keep track of the location of asylum seekers' passports seized in raids of illicit immigration advisers.
(117299)
250
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many community support officers there are in Morecambe and Lunesdale constituency.
(110465)
251
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions of uninsured drivers of motor vehicles there were in (a) Morecambe and Lunesdale and (b) Lancashire in each year between 2003 and 2006.
(110466)
252
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders were issued in (a) Morecambe and Lunesdale, (b) Lancashire and (c) England in 2006.
(117508)
253
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when he expects to appoint a victims commissioner.
(117397)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
254
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much the House paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(117484)
255
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 10th January 2007 to the hon. Member for Romford, Official Report, column 584W, on the St George flag, for what health and safety reasons access to the flagpole on Portcullis House is denied; and for how long it has been non-operational.
(110519)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
256
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which countries are engaged in negotiating a voluntary partnership agreement on timber trade with the EU; and which countries have expressed an interest in forming a voluntary agreement with the EU.
(116935)
257
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when he will reply to the letter of 7th December 2006 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms Sarah Carswell.
(117332)
258
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much was spent by his Department on microfinance projects in each of the last five years; and how much is planned to be spent over the next five years.
(117301)
259
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many people have participated in microfinance initiatives funded directly by his Department in each of the last five years.
(117340)
260
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid his Department plans to give to Egypt in 2006-07.
(117398)
261
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, where his Department publishes information about Government auctions which it arranges or to which it contributes in (a) Blackpool, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West; and when the next such auction will take place in each area.
(117422)
262
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(110482)
Questions to the Leader of the House
263
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Leader of the House, how much his Office paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(117488)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
264
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will revise Planning Policy Statement 14 in Northern Ireland to allow limited planning development.
(110508)
265
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will require the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland to take steps on recruitment of staff from under-represented minorities in the workforce employed by local councils in Northern Ireland.
(110509)
266
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps his Department has taken since suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly in 2002 to promote the East-West relationships which exist between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom.
(110510)
267
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many additional voters were added to the Electoral Register in each Northern Ireland constituency between the publication of the current registers and 11th January 2007.
(110511)
268
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people reported injuries from the police in Northern Ireland using plastic baton rounds in 2006.
(116891)
269
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much public money allocated to the (a) West Belfast Festival and (b) Gasyard Feile in Londonderry in each of the last two years, broken down by Department.
(116892)
270
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the percentage of homes in Northern Ireland which have switched to digital television in the last 12 months.
(116893)
271
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many racially motivated assaults have (a) were reported and (b) resulted in a case being brought before the courts in each Parliamentary constituency in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.
(116894)
272
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the composition was of the monitored full-time workforce of companies employing 11 or more people in (a) 1995 and (b) 2005, broken down by religious designation.
(117490)
273
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on how many occasions the royal prerogative of mercy has been used to pardon individuals who have been convicted of scheduled offences in relation to the situation in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(110551)
274
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, where his Department publishes information about Government auctions which it arranges or to which it contributes in (a) Blackpool, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West; and when the next such auction will take place in each area.
(117423)
275
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much his Department paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(110481)
Questions to the Prime Minister
276
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, which companies were discussed with President Nazarbayev in their meeting on 21st November 2006.
(117016)
277
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, on what dates he has had conversations with President Nazarbayev since 21st November 2006; and what matters were discussed on each occasion.
(117017)
278
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Prime Minister, what recent representations he has received in respect of the decision of the Serious Fraud Office to halt its investigation into United Kingdom military equipment sales to Saudi Arabia.
(117450)
279
N
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Prime Minister, when he was first informed of allegations that excessive payments had been made or agreed in order to secure the British Aerospace contract for a military air traffic control system in Tanzania.
(116965)
280
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Prime Minister, how many miles he flew at public expense in each year since 1997.
(110492)
281
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Prime Minister, how much his Office paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(117487)
Questions to the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission
282
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Chairman of the Public Accounts Commission, how much the National Audit Office paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(110507)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
283
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, where his Department publishes information about Government auctions which it arranges or to which it contributes in (a) Blackpool, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West; and when the next such auction will take place in each area.
(117425)
284
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(110480)
Questions to the Solicitor General
285
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Solicitor General, where the Law Officers' Department publishes information about Government auctions which they arrange or to which they contribute in (a) Blackpool, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West; and when the next such auction will take place in each area.
(117455)
286
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Solicitor General, how much the Law Officers Departments paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(117486)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
287
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how much the Electoral Commission paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(117485)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
288
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which planning applications for gas storage facilities are awaiting a ministerial decision.
(110513)
289
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total capacity is of gas storage projects awaiting ministerial approval following a planning inquiry.
(110514)
290
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what research his Department has carried out into the barriers to enterprise experienced by under-represented groups.
(117322)
291
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Small Firms Loan Guarantee Scheme in reaching under-represented groups.
(117324)
292
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what progress has been made towards setting up a Whitehall Group as recommended by the Government's Cross Cutting Review of Government Services for Small Business.
(117325)
293
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will make a statement on the European Commission report on banks' electronic payment and interchange.
(117327)
294
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the total cost has been of the Office of Fair Trading inquiry into the Principles of Interchange including Mastercard; when the inquiry is likely to be concluded; and what benefits to the consumer are expected as a result of the inquiry.
(117334)
295
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how the Office of Fair Trading will ensure that the discounts interest in the interchange system between banks will continue to benefit consumers if the Office of Fair Trading's inquiry recommends abolition of interchange.
(117335)
296
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to ensure that any principles of interchange recommended by the European Commission report will be aligned with recommendations from the Office of Fair Trading inquiry into the principles of interchange.
(117336)
297
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when the Sage Report on Cautionary Principles on Power Lines will be published.
(117337)
298
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, where his Department publishes information about Government auctions which it arranges or to which it contributes in (a) Blackpool, (b) Lancashire and (c) the North West; and when the next such auction will take place in each area.
(117426)
299
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of fluctuating commercial revenues for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) on the life-cycle baseline plans and near-term work plans of all NDA owned nuclear facilities; and what discussions his Department has held with the operators of these sites.
(110535)
300
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority's fluctuating income stream on (a) the sale of Project Services, (b) the sale of Magnox Electric, (c) the competition for the contract to operate the national low level waste repository and (d) the competition of the contract to run Sellafield.
(110536)
301
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of fluctuating commercial revenues for the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority on accelerated decommissioning at Sellafield.
(110537)
302
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what effect he expects trends in the price of uranium to have upon the final sale value of Urenco.
(110538)
303
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects British Nuclear Fuels to complete the sale of Urenco; and if he will make a statement.
(110539)
304
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, by what date he expects British Nuclear Fuels to divest itself of all its business holdings.
(110540)
305
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much his Department paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(110479)
306
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans the North West Development Agency has for spending in Morecambe and Lunesdale in the next 12 months.
(117493)
307
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether Lancaster and Morecambe Vision applied for funding from the North West Regional Development Agency in the last six months.
(117510)
308
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how much the North West Regional Development Agency spent on (a) staffing and (b) administration in the 2005-06 financial year.
(117512)
309
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many people are employed by the Learning and Skills Council in Lancashire.
(117515)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
310
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make a statement on his Department's policy on amateur photography at train stations in England.
(116936)
311
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many trains have arrived on time at London train stations from Bexhill and Brighton train stations in the last 10 years.
(116937)
312
Clive Efford (Eltham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons fares for rail journeys in north Kent from zone four to zone three are the same as those from zone four to zone two; and for what reasons those fares are different from (a) those published in his press release of 19th October 2006 and (b) those listed for rail journeys only on the National Rail Enquiries website.
(110527)
313
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent report produced by his Department from the output of the Network Modelling Framework.
(110533)
314
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will publish the outputs from the Network Modelling Framework for the last two years.
(110534)
315
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in what circumstances motorists will be required to retake their driving tests under the EU directive on driving licences; and when the directive will be implemented in the UK.
(117316)
316
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the Highways Agency spent on programme expenditure in Gravesham local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(117303)
317
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he will reply to the letter of 4th December 2006 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr N. Joyce.
(117331)
318
Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North and Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers were carried between Edinburgh airport and London City airport in the last year for which figures are available; and how many of those passengers travelled (a) economy and (b) business class.
(110550)
319
Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North and Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers were carried between Dundee airport and (a) London City airport and (b) Manchester International airport in the most recent year for which figures are available; and how many of those passengers travelled (i) economy and (ii) business class.
(110552)
320
Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North and Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers were carried between Edinburgh airport and (a) Luton, (b) Stansted, (c) Gatwick, (d) Heathrow, (e) Manchester International, (f) Birmingham International, (g) Leeds Bradford International and (h) Nottingham East Midlands airports in the most recent year for which figures are available; and how many of those passengers travelled by (i) economy and (ii) business class.
(110553)
321
Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North and Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many passengers were carried between Glasgow airport and (a) London Heathrow, (b) Manchester International, (c) Birmingham International, (d) Leeds Bradford International and (e) Nottingham East Midlands airports in the most recent year for which figures are available; and how many of those pasenges travelled by (i) economy and (ii) business class.
(110554)
322
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, where his Department publishes information about Government auctions (a) which it arranges and (b) to which it contributes in (i) Blackpool, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) the North West; and when the next such auction will take place in each area.
(117427)
323
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of lorries with overseas licence plates which used UK roads in each of the last two years and (b) the miles travelled on UK roads by those lorries.
(110491)
324
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the average number of passengers on a bus in the public transport system in England in the last 12 months.
(110499)
325
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average age is of buses in service in the public transport system in England.
(110500)
326
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(110478)
327
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to encourage people to use public transport.
(117514)
328
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11th January 2007 to the hon. Member for Colchester, Official Report, column 654W, on the M42, what contingency plans (a) his Department and (b) the Highways Agency are preparing in the event that the assessment in the autumn is in favour of hard shoulder running.
(110528)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
329
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much his Department has paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(117506)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
330
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to ensure that pensioners entitled to the Adult Dependency Allowance are aware of it.
(117252)
331
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his most recent estimate is of the number of people eligible for Adult Dependency Allowance who have not taken up their entitlement.
(117253)
332
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department spent in each of the last five years for which records are available on advertising the Adult Dependency Allowance.
(117254)
333
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason backdated payments of the Adult Dependency Allowance are not permitted.
(117255)
334
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the (a) effects and (b) administrative costs of changing the date relating to eligibility for winter fuel payments to (i) 31st October and (ii) 31st December each year.
(117326)
335
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential impact on the finances of those on the minimum wage of the requirement to take out a personal pension plan or savings scheme.
(117276)
336
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, over what time period the new arrangements for payments of child maintenance will be phased in; and what changes (a) have and (b) are planned to be made in the operational improvement plan for the Child Support Agency in the transition to a child maintenance and enforcement commission.
(117278)
337
Mr Jim Devine (Livingston):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Livingston constituency received the Winter Fuel Allowance in the last 12 months.
(117500)
338
Mr Jim Devine (Livingston):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many parents in Livingston constituency have an outstanding claim being handled by the Child Support Agency.
(117501)
339
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applications for pension credit in the London Borough of Bexley were (a) granted and (b) refused in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(117286)
340
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) the London Borough of Bexley and (b) Bexleyheath and Crayford are in receipt of pension credit.
(117287)
341
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff the Office for Disability Issues employs.
(116529)
342
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, where his Department publishes information about Government auctions (a) which it arranges and (b) to which it contributes in (i) Blackpool, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) the North West; and when the next such auction will take place in each area.
(117429)
343
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many lone parents have had a benefit sanction for failure to attend a work focused interview in each of the last four years; what proportion of booked work focused interviews for lone parents resulted in a sanction in each of the last four years; and what research his Department has undertaken on the impact of sanctions on lone parents on their subsequent moves into employment.
(116900)
344
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has made to pilot voice stress analysis for (a) analysis in the investigation of fraudulent benefit claims and (b) assessment of claims for compensation for which his Department is responsible.
(110520)
345
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of young people between 16 and 25 years were not in work, training or education in each local authority area in England and Wales in each year since 1997.
(110530)
346
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department paid to recruitment agencies for the hire of temporary staff in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(110503)
347
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many serious injuries to school teachers caused by physical violence in schools in (a) England and (b) each local education authority were reported to the Health and Safety Executive in each year from 2000 to 2006.
(116962)
348
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 15th January 2007, Official Report, column 906W, on state pension: NI contributions, for which other financial years his Department holds equivalent information.
(116885)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
349
Mary Creagh (Wakefield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) workers were assisted by the national minimum wage helpline in recouping money underpaid by their employer and (b) employers (i) were investigated, (ii) had enforcement orders issued to them and (iii) (A) were and (B) are subject to criminal proceedings for non-payment of the national minimum wage in Wakefield constituency in the last period for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (117308)
350
Mr Jim Devine (Livingston):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Livingston constituency (a) are in receipt of working tax credit and (b) received working tax credit in the first year the scheme was introduced.
[Transferred] (117503)
351
Mr Jim Devine (Livingston):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Livingston constituency (a) are in receipt of child tax credit and (b) received child tax credit in the first year the scheme was introduced.
[Transferred] (117504)
352
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of young people in (a) the London Borough of Bexley and (b) Bexleyheath and Crayford were unemployed in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (117288)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
353
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was allocated by central Government to local government for social services in Gravesham local authority area in the most recent year for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (117306)
354
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to promote the provision of burial places in and around Greater London for use by the Islamic communities.
[Transferred] (117313)
355
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of burial places available in Greater London.
[Transferred] (117314)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
356
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total cost was to the public purse of the (a) overheads, (b) salaries, (c) expenses and (d) other associated costs of the Assets Recovery Agency in Northern Ireland in the last full year for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (110512)
357
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, why the drivers of vehicles with overseas registration plates cannot be traced to enforce penalties and prosecutions after they are caught on cameras committing speeding and red light offences.
[Transferred] (117309)
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Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many vehicles with overseas registration plates were caught on camera committing (a) speeding and (b) red light offences in England in (i) 2004, (ii) 2005 and (iii) 2006; and how many drivers of these vehicles had (A) penalties imposed on and (B) prosecutions brought against them.
[Transferred] (117310)
359
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of (a) speeding and (b) red light offences caught on camera were committed in vehicles with overseas registration plates in 2006.
[Transferred] (117311)
360
Sir Peter Soulsby (Leicester South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) penalties were imposed and (b) prosecutions were brought against foreign nationals for (i) speeding and (ii) red light offences in England in 2006.
[Transferred] (117312)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
361
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in (a) Morecambe and Lunesdale and (b) Lancashire receive pension credit.
[Transferred] (110467)
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Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many deaths there were from accidents in the workplace in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (117516)

 
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